Now Playing in Indiana:
July 30th, The Steepwater Band: A blues rock experience, Acorn Concert Series, Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest, 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., opening acts start at 6 p.m. and headliners start at 7:30 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 week of performance. Children 12 and under are free. Bring your lawn chairs. FYI www.pnw.edu/gabis-concerts.
July 30th & 31st, 7:30 pm, 1980’s Love Song Revue, AFTER ALL: A MUSICAL JOURNEY THROUGH LOVE with Sheree Wheeler-Gudeman and Jeff Otto. Footlight Players of Michigan City, Footlight Theatre, 1705 Franklin Street, Michigan City. $15.00/$10.00 12 and under. FYI (219)874-4035 or www.footlightplayers.org
Through July 31st, "Ordinary Days" Canterbury Summer Theatre, Canterbury Theater, 807 Franklin Street, located in the Uptown Arts District of Michigan City. FYI (219) 874-4269, e-mail email@example.com or www.canterburytheatre.org.
Through August 1st, "Catch Me If You Can" Ross Summer Music Theatre and M & M Productions, Reinhart Auditorium, Merrillville High School, 276 East 68th Place, Merrillville. FYI (219) 413-1213 or https://our.show/catchme.
Now Playing in Illinois:
**** Through July 31st, Saturdays at 10:00 & 11:30 am, "Mother Goose Lost" Eclectic Full Contact Theatre, Athenaeum Theatre, Studio Two, 2936 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago. $12. FYI (773) 935-6875 or www.AthenaeumTheatre.org.
Through August 21st, William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" Oak Park Festival Theatre, Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park. $38. FYI www.oakparkfestival.com.
Through August 28th, "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra" Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in an outdoor tent venue just blocks from the theatre. FYI metropolisarts.com
July 30th through August 29th, "School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play" Albert Theatre, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, Chicago. FYI (312) 443-3800 or www.goodmantheatre.org.
Through September 16th, 9:00-9:30 pm nightly, Art on theMART, in conjunction with the Art Institute of Chicago’s presentation of The Obama Portraits, will present a dynamically animated projection of the portraits of President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama; the World Premiere of "The Year of Chicago Music series" saluting Chicago-based musicians; and on the occasion of the Frida Kahlo: Timeless exhibition at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and the McAninch Arts Center, will also feature several of Kahlo’s most recognizable works including Self Portrait with Small Monkey (1945) and Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress (1926). Art on theMART can best be experienced for free from the jetty section of the Chicago Riverwalk on Wacker Drive between Wells Street and Franklin Street, where accompanying audio is also available.
Open Run, "The Music Cure" A One-Act Radio Play by George Bernard Shaw, Misalliance Repertory Theatre. Free bu donations welcome. Streaming on https://www.misalliancerepertory.org/
Open run, Wednesday-Sunday, 7:00 pm, Sunday Brunch Matinees, 12:00 pm, Teatro ZinZanni starring Frank Ferrante, Randolph Entertainment, 14th floor, Cambria Hotel, 32 W. Randolph St., Chicago. $119 - $189. FYI (312) 488-0900 or www.zinzanni.com/Chicago.
Open Run, 7:00 & 10:00 pm, Thursdays through Sundays, "Happy to Be Here" Mainstage, The Second City. FYI www.secondcity.com.
Open Run, 7:00 & 10:00 pm, Thursdays through Sundays, "Safer, Shorter & Still So Funny" e.t.c., The Second City. FYI www.secondcity.com.
Now Playing Elsewhere:
August 4th through 29th, "American Mariachi" in-person at TheatreSquared, 477 W. Spring Street, Fayetteville, Arkansas. On-line August 13th through 29th. $18-$58. FYI (479) 777-7477 or www.theatre2.org.
Online Theater - Single Dates:
Online Theater - Limited Run
Through August 14th, PrideArts Summer Film Festival. 29 films from eight countries that will stream online in four separate programs, each available online for one week. $12.00. Access to each program of shorts will grant viewing of the program or feature purchased for a full week. FYI www.pridearts.org.
Through August 27th, "Redemption" Chicago Philharmonic in collaboration with Adrian Dunn. Redemption is a new collection of spirituals and gospel songs that reimagine and modernize the genre’s historical roots. Filmed at the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater on June 5th and streamed exclusively via Harris Theatre’s “HT Virtual Stage”. 90-minute concert is free. FYI www.chicagophilharmonic.org.
Through August 31st, "Where We Stand" Steppenwolf NOW virtual stage. Virtual memberships, $75, access to 6 productions. FYI www.steppenwolf.org/now.
**** Through August 31st, world premiere audio adaptation of "I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter" This audio adaptation is available FREE for all educators to share with their students in grades 9 and above. FYI (312) 335-1650 or www.steppenwolf.org.
Through August 31st, "What is Left, Burns" a filmed play (run time - 20 minutes) by James Ijames, Steppenwolf NOW virtual stage. Virtual memberships, $75, access to 6 productions. FYI www.steppenwolf.org/now.
Through August 31st, "Wally World" a two-act radio play by Isaac Gomez, Steppenwolf NOW virtual stage. Virtual memberships, $75, access to 6 productions. FYI www.steppenwolf.org/now.
**** Through September 10th, "My Magic Breath" Live-Streaming on CCTv: Virtual Theatre and Learning from Chicago Children’s Theatre, CCT's YouTube Channel. Free. FYI https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClI9nwq0sLwmxnSC8xvN9lw
Through November, 2023, Dael Orlandersmith’s "Until the Flood" Goodman Theatre in partnership with All Arts—the free broadcast and digital platform dedicated to the arts—and New York’s Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and six U.S. regional theaters, including A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle); Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles); Denver Center for the Performing Arts; Milwaukee Repertory Theater; Portland Center Stage (Oregon); and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Free. FYI www.allarts.org.
Online Theater - Open Run:
Open Run, "A Portrait of My Mother" written and performed by Carlo Lorenzo Garcia, Jarrott Productions. Live-stream tickets ($5) are currently available through TicketWeb or through jarrottproductions.com.
On Demand, "TO BE 4/23" A virtual night of performance broadcast from Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s rooftop as we mark Shakespeare’s birthday. Free. FYI https://www.chicagoshakes.com/tobe
**** Open Run, "The Plane That Took A Train" New Musical Play Podcast Six-episode available to listen on all podcast platforms including Apple and Spotify. $5 suggested donation. FYI https://theplanethattookatrain.com/
**** Open Run, "Maybe Something Beautiful" Chicago Children's Theatre and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association with promotional partner, The Chicago Public Library. 13-minute video will be posted on CCTv: Virtual Theatre and Learning from Chicago Children’s Theatre and CSOtv for free, on-demand viewing for children and families in Chicago and around the world.
Open Run, "The Summer of Daisy Fay" New American Folk Theatre's Season of Audio Theatre. Available for audio download. $10. FYI www.newamericanfolktheatre.org.
Open Run, "BEING THE DREAM" a celebration of Black History Month" The Drama Group. Virtual celebration of African American life, talent, and culture. Free. FYI www.dramagroup.org.
**** Open Run, Imagine U Storytime, Northwestern theater students, faculty, and alumni share weekly stories for young audiences. Free and available on https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnnywRBuUnwmsuKoOq5JnbjmUACcehPM8
Open Run, "The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral" 30 digital plays in 60 minutes, Live-Streaming weekly from The Neo-Futurist Theater, Chicago. Tickets start at $3 per week. FYI www.neofuturists.org/events/the-infinite-wrench-goes-viral/.
Open Run, "The Happiest Place on Earth" Live-Streaming from Sideshow Theatre Company, Chicago. Pay what you wish. FYI www.sideshowtheatre.org/stream.
Open Run, World Premiere, "Masque of the Red Coronavirus" free live-streaming. Black Button Eyes, Chicago. FYI www.blackbuttoneyes.com/masque-of-the-red-coronavirus.
Open Run, PLAY(S) AT HOME: A GREEN THEATRE FESTIVAL, Live-Streaming from Connective Theater Company, Chicago. Free. FYI www.connectivetheatrecompany.com
Open Run, PLAY(S) AT HOME, A VIRTUAL FESTIVAL, Live-Streaming from Connective Theater Company, Chicago. Free. FYI www.connectivetheatrecompany.com
Open Run, "Out of Touch" Live-Streaming from Annoyance Theatre, Chicago. Suggested donation, $5.00. FYI www.theannoyance.com/lockin.
**** Open Run, "Stupid Shakespeare's Merchant of Sesame Street" Otherworld Theatre Company, Available on Patreon. Access to all stage productions recordings: $5 FYI www.OtherWorldTheatre.org
Open Run, "Stupid Shakespeare's Super Richard World III" Otherworld Theatre Company, Available online on Patreon and YouTube. Recommended for Ages 16 years +, Free. FYI www.OtherWorldTheatre.org
Open Run, "Improvised Star Trek: The Lost Episode" Otherworld Theatre Company, Available online on Patreon and YouTube. Free. FYI www.OtherWorldTheatre.org
Open Run, "Geekspeare's The Tragedy of Johnny and Lisa" Part I & Part II Otherworld Theatre Company, Available online on Patreon and YouTube. Free. FYI www.OtherWorldTheatre.org
Open Run, Every Sunday at 7 p.m., "Improvised Dungeons and Dragons" Otherworld Theatre Company, Available online on YouTube. Free. FYI www.OtherWorldTheatre.org
Open Run, Every Saturday from 5 – 7 p.m., "Theatre of Ted Digital Open Mic" Available on Facebook. Everyone may submit 3-5 minute video performances to firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured on our Theatre of Ted Digital Open Mic. This isn't limited to comedy; all performance art welcome! FREE FYI www.OtherWorldTheatre.org
Open Run, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 & 9:30, "Virtual ComedySportz" ComedySportz, Available on Zoom. FREE, donations welcome. FYI www.cszchicago.com.
Open Run, Monday through Friday at 2:00, Laugh Factory Live, Live-Streaming from the Laugh Factory, Chicago. FREE. FYI www.youtube.com/user/TheLaughFactory.
Until Theater Returns, "The Liminal Space" Court Theatre will live-stream their empty stage for quiet meditation. FYI www.CourtTheatre.org/theliminalspace
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